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TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
June, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 06
Stay in Touch With ... Aromatherapy: Scents of Place
By Kelli Lene, NCTMB
One of the most important investments you can make in your practice is developing your "sense of place." Sense of place goes beyond creating an atmosphere; it's established through client experiences and connection of feelings.I can teach a class full of technicians the exact same spa protocols, with the exact same tool box of products, then come back in a year and each will have created completely different spa experiences for their clients. Well-planned combinations of protocols and products allow us to build the synergy of experience that defines our uniqueness as a spa provider and this valuable sense of place.
We are very aware of the five basic senses in the spa profession; a balanced spa protocol will engage all five.
Each of our product tools involves one or more of these basic senses. For example: we utilize exfoliates that are extremely tactile, stones that are visual, teas that are tasteful and specific music to immerse our client into a full sensory experience. However, the strongest impression we make will be by aromatherapy through the sense of smell. Essential oils are the paints of our spa tool box. Since essential oils have strong physiological, pharmacological and psychological components, they are a vital component in designing any spa experience.
The goal in my own practice is to make sure that from the moment a client walks into my treatment area and long after they leave, they are cocooned with a sense of well being. This defines my "sense of place." The following are some examples of typical smellscapes I design for my clients in the summer.
When the heat index goes up, my aromatherapy protocols naturally turn to treatments that will cool and revitalize drained clients. My first addition is to use an aromatic room mist to spray my table set-up right before I start a session. This not only sets the smellscape, but also forms a cooling sensation when the client lies down. I receive many complements when I utilize a spray of water and a pre-blended citrus synergy (e.g., orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, lime). This choice delivers a clean and inviting smell that greets my clients and sets the tone of safe haven. These oils are uplifting, centering and pleasant air cleaners. Using the citruses as a room spray allows me to take full advantage of these properties without risking the photosensitivity which is sometimes a concern with using citruses full body. Finally, these oils are top notes so they will disperse quickly from a client's mind, to make way for the next smellscape.
One of my most popular services is custom blended oils for the client's massage experience. This involves a pleasurable consultation where the client helps me create their synergy based on what is going on in their life and their goals. I then blend two ounces of oil, using about one ounce in the massage and sending the rest home with the client. I tend to blend by trinities (three oils at a time) or use pre-blended synergies. I find this keeps the blending interesting for the client without overwhelming them. An example of a summer favorite is a relaxing blend of four drops each of geranium rose, lavender and roman chamomile into two ounces of a light massage medium. All three oils are middle notes (heart notes) and together will resonate like a calming hum throughout the massage. This blend is not only very soft and tranquil; it also helps pharmacologically with wind- and sun-tortured skin, which is so prevalent in the summer. If your client needs or desires a more substantial blend, you can replace the roman chamomile for two drops of Sandalwood which is a base note. This will add weight to the experience and enhance the meditative aspect of the massage.
I conclude all my sessions with a blessing of oils. In the warmer months, I like to deliver the finishing touch as a reviving and cooling sensation on the feet, neck and temples. My favorite aromatherapy treatment is to blend eight drops of orange and four drops of peppermint in one ounce of a fast-absorbing base and briskly rub it into the feet. Then, I promptly apply the mixture into their neck and temples, making sure to stay away from their eyes. I close with placing my hands in front of the client and instructing them to take several deep breaths. As a final touch, I serve water garnished with slices of orange and sprigs of mint. These particular aromas are chosen for their refreshing effects and I can't think of a better state in which to send my clients, and me for that matter, back into the challenging world that awaits.
A client probably won't remember what you said, they might not even remember what you did, but I promise they always will remember how they felt when they were with you. Aromatherapy is one of the easiest and most effective ways to establish a sense of place, by allowing us to create the strongest essence of place.
Kelli Lene attended the Austin School of Massage in El Paso, Texas, and the East Tennessee School of Cosmetology. She has extensive experience as a massage therapist and spa technician. She can be reached at "> .
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